Important Announcement by Prof. Anil Kumar for 31st
December Program in Prasanthi Nilayam
Today's Program in Prasanthi Nilayam was wonderful, but
what is tomorrow's live program? To know, listen to this
Audio and read the text given below.
(0:00 - 2:05 of the Audio In English) Now I have great
pleasure ..in making another important announcment..for
the first time..for the first time, please note...for the
first time, the alumni of sri sathya sai primary school
will have their meet and a special program in the evening
tomorrow the 31st Saturday at 5:15, we happily recall the
moments when Bhagawan appreciates them and how he speaks
very high of the children of Sri Sathya Sai Primary School
and we will be too happy to know, these children are very
well settled in their life, their children are studying in
our schools now and it is also so nice to note, Sri Sathya
Sai Primary School completed 30 years since inception. A
wonderful school indeed!!!!! I am also sharing with you a
statement made by Bhagawan (Anil sir spoke in Telugu)
English Translation "it is impossible to get into school,
into primary school, even for ministers", that is the
standard for Sri Sathya Sai Primary School, Bhagawan
really appreciates their English pronunciation, the
diction, and the content and often they display here, in
the Sai Kulwant Hall. Let us await for the event tomorrow
in the evening at 5:15 in the Sai Kulwant Hall in the
Divine presence of our most beloved Bhagawan. As usual we
will have veda chanting from 4:30 to 5:15,
(2:05 - 3:45 of the Audio in Telugu)
(3:45 - 3:51 of the Audio in English) We welcome the
Alumni of Sri Sathya Sai Primary school meet tomorrow.
SaiRam!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (thundering Anil Kumar
Meanwhile, our departure from Puttaparthi was for the next
day. In those days, due to smaller crowds, we were blessed
have many darshans in a day. That evening, for the first
time I sat in Darshan lines. Looking at Swami who was
the mandir balcony, I said within, " If You are God, cure
my wife's illness. " Meanwhile, I came to know that the
sitting next to me, Mr.Naidoo from Chittoor, was working
in Smt. Eswaramma School. Without any prompting, as if
mind, he said,"Sir, I am sure you must be wondering why Baba is calling
everyone else for interview except you". This definitely
question that was bothering me that day. Mr.Naidoo himself
gave the answer thus: Only Swami knows whom to call and
call. I will give you a small example. Let's say three
people got stomach ache at the same time. The doctor asked
one of them to skip dinner. The next one was given
The third one was referred for an emergency operation.
Just as a doctor knows the kind of medication to be given
patients, Swami knows everything about us and He knows
when to RESPOND to us. I was completely shocked to hear
speak just what was in my mind.
Thinking that this was probably the POWER OF THIS SOIL and
scared of any further disclosure of my thoughts, I took
of him and sat elsewhere. As I was about to sit down, a
gentleman came to me and after greeting me, he introduced
my former student. Looking at me a bit strangely, he
asked, "Sir, why are you here?" Not knowing what to say, I
have just come to see this place." After that, we
continued talking to each other amicably. Then, to my utter
said, "Sir, no-one is allowed to break coconuts here.
No-one will come to you with an arathi plate. There is no
box and you won't find anyone sitting with receipt books
to collect donations. So I am sure you are wondering how
beautiful buildings have come up." What he had just told
me was indeed what I
had been contemplating as I had exactly the same thoughts
in my mind. Before I could say anything, he said, "A rich
businessman from Mumbai came to Swami to seek his
blessings for his ailing wife. She was cured by Swami and
children. Prior to this, she had been taken to every
reputed hospital with no improvement in her health.
Hand cured her. In gratitude to Swami, this businessman
built all these buildings". I then felt sorry for myself
such selfish and evil thoughts and I asked Swami to
As our departure time was getting closer, I rushed to the
Ashram book-store. In those days, the bookstore was being
a very small room which looked like a store room. I bought
SATHYA SAI SPEAKS VOL 5. As soon as I started reading this
book, I was completely taken aback. I found no difference
between Swami's teachings and the teachings of Brahma
I had been following since my childhood days). The way
Swami spoke about the FORMLESS and the way He explained
Path of Wisdom was amazing. The moment I started reading
Swami's book, I realised the similarity, the oneness with
Samaj and the only thing I could do was to mentally do
Padanamaskar to Swami.
All of us reached home safely. My family members then
witnessed the FIRST miracle of Baba. My wife became
healthy. This miracle happened without having any
interviews nor any letters passed on to Swami. No one in
my family got
padanamaskar. It was just the darshan of our Lord that
brought back happiness to the family. The second Leela
was my getting attracted to His teachings.
Swami's way of expression, story telling, innovative
approach and the inner messages made me feel that He is
none.I started attending bhajans everywhere. There were
days when we dared a heavy downpour and went with my kids
bhajans. Mr. Sastri, a member of Guntur Sathya Sai Seva
Samithi, used to wake me up early in the morning and take
me to Nagar
sankeertan in the streets of Guntur. My singing
capabilities didn't match even a below average singer. In
spite of that,
Mr.Sastri used to force me to sing during Nagarsankeertans.
Even after 40 long years, I still remember those songs
There used to be three great devotees of Bhagawan in
Guntur. For 30 long years, no function took place without
them in the
Poornachandra. They were very dear to Swami. They were
Sri.Karunasri Jandyala Papayya Sastri, Sri. Brahmasri
Sharma and Dr.Amarendra. Karunasri and Madhavarama Sharma
were my teachers. Later on, I had the great fortune to
them as colleagues for 10 years. Dr.Amarendra who was our
family friend was also a staunch follower of Brahma Samaj.
three great men were active in the Sai movement striving
every second of their lives for the betterment and
In my childhood days, I never won any gold medals or
trophies. Even though I was very much active in my
teaching, I had
never published any research papers . But all through my
academic career starting from Majeti Guruvayya High school
Andhra Christian College and later on to Andhra
University, I stood first in Telugu and English elocution
a Professor, I used to attend all the functions and
address the gatherings. In the meanwhile, three of them
skills and motivated me by introducing me to the Sai
Organisation and I was fortunate to share the dais with
them. I toured
extensively with the three of them and thus started my
journey to Sai.
I used to come to Parthi for every festival. As if due to
some kind of BAD LUCK brought forward from my previous
Swami didn't speak to me for seven long years.
Padanamaskar was my dream which was never realised during
those seven years.
I was always in the 20th or 30th row. In spite of this, I
never stopped coming to Puttaparthi. The only trouble I
when I returned from Puttaparthi, my center members used
to ask me if I got Padanamaskar or if Swami said something
It was like catching hold of a failed student and asking
him if he got first rank or second. Not knowing what to
some time I had to hide myself from the devotees.
Meanwhile, devotees from neighbouring districts started
inviting me to address Sai gatherings. Probably some
one of my past lives, were now giving me the chance to
share the dais with great men and learned scholars like
Sri. Diwakarla Venkatavadhani, Sri. Biruduraju Rama Raju,
Sri. Veerabhadra Rao, Sri. Raghunathacharya, Sri. Sivarama
Sri.Balaraju, Sri.Mana Pragada Seshasai and others. Today,
it is hard to find talented people like them. It was only
through Swami's Grace that I had a chance to meet them in
person. There was no village, no town that I hadn't
one invitation and I was there to address the gathering.
It was only Swami's Sankalpa that made me visit all the
There were times when I had to walk on bushy, thorny roads
to reach remote villages. The conditions in those days,
transport system, the communication system and the
infrastructure were nowhere close to thosein the present situation. When I look back to those days,
I am very sure and convinced that it was Swami who made
By then things were looking very different for me. Through
His Grace, my life was taking a complete U turn, of course
towards the right path. After looking at my progress and
after Swami had appointed me as the Principal of Brindavan
my mother, Smt.Sarojini Devi, wrote an article in DHARMA
JYOTHI magazine saying thus: When my father wanted my son
Kumar to become a Brahmo Missionary, I said, "Dad, I would
rather want my son be a normal householder concentrating
family life.â But who can know God's will? The one who
was supposed to become a Brahmo Missionary has now become
Once I got an invitation from devotees from Hindupur (two
hours from Puttaparthi). At that time, Sri (late) Muddanna,
the president of Sri Sathya Sai Samithi. They were having
RAMAYANA SAPTHAHAM (a week long programme to expound and
enjoythe story of Lord Rama). I was asked to address the
gathering on one particular day. When I received the
invitation card, I
was surprised and a bit stunned to see all the great
scholars of that period who were scheduled to address the
With no options left, I called up Sri.Muddanna and
politely asked him to excuse me as I was not confident
enough to do so
in the presence of such learned scholars. But they
rejected my plea outright citing that my name had already
in the invitation cards. Not knowing what to do, I took
out Swami's Rama Katha Rasa Vahini and some discourses
Ramanavami and started preparing notes before I left for
The programme in Hindupur was a grand success. I was very
much satisfied with my talk and I thought I had lived up
expectations of the programme. As Puttaparthi was closer,
I decided to have Swami's darshan before leaving to my
place Guntur. When my bus was halfway there, Swami's RED
car came from the opposite direction. The bus driver
Baba is on His way to Anantapur. It would be better if you
get down here, take a bus to Anantapur and have His
darshan there. "
As advised by the driver, I took another bus and got down
in front of Swami's Anantapur Campus gate. As you know,
Swami's girls' college is in Ananatpur and as soon as the
watchman saw me, he stopped me and said no body is allowed
to go in and
men were strictly not allowed inside the campus. The
college where I was working was a co-education college.
There were at
least 1000 girls in my college. But Swami's Anantapur
college is a different campus. It is so strict that even a
male mosquito cannot dare to enter the Anantapur campus. I
said the same thing in Swami's presence to which He said,
" It is only because of such discipline that our college
good name everywhere. There is not even one bad remark
outside. It is not an easy thing to run a girls' campus.
Holding my bag, I was waiting outside the gate to get a
glimpse of Swami. It was afternoon by then. Sudenly, in
distance I perceived some activity. As I was standing far
away, I could vaguely see Swami getting down the stairs.
Suddenly, I heard a voice saying, "Anil Kumar, come here".
I thought probably the watchman's name was also Anil Kumar
so I did make a move. I heard the voice again saying, "Hey, Guntur Professor Anil Kumar, I am calling you only.
here". I couldn't believe my eyes to see Swami calling me.
I thought, "Didn't Swami see me for seven long years? Has
come to know of my existence and my name only now?"
Wasting no time, I rushed to Swami and stood before Him.
Introducing me to everyone assembled there that day, Swami
He is Guntur College Professor Anil Kumar. Last night he
addressed a gathering in Hindupur and he did a very good
Every one liked his talk". Swami then started naming all
the scholars who were invited for the week long programme.
to my self, Swami knowing about my talk is fine but how
can He know all the names of the speakers? This was mind
me. Looking to me Swami asked, " How is your wife?". With
this query I broke down before Swami and said, my Lord,
why I have come to You. Please bless her Swami!.
Immediately Swami materialised vibhuthi and said, "Come
Initially, I didn't want to come to Puttaparthi during
Dasara celebrations as it was very difficult to get
and minimum transport facilities. But What can stop us
when Swami Himself has invited? Obeying the Divine command
reached Puttaparthi for Dasara festival.
Later I came to know the dignitaries with Swami on that
day were Sri. Kraxi, Sri. Bhagawantham, Sri. Gokak,
Subbarayudu, Sri. Goldstien and others..
With Pranams at the Lotus feet of our beloved Bhagawan
The time when Swami was in the hospital was a very
tough time indeed. What started as a minor health ailment,
became a major one and today it becomes so hard to hold
back our tears when we relive memories. All said and done,
there was something very special about Swamis form. And
when I say I am crying, I want to clarify so that am not
I need not write anything about what Swami means to us or
what He has done for us. Each person has his/her own
experience to speak for. This much I can say that even for
a single moment, Swami has not lived for Himself but for
all of us. He has loved completely even those who have
tried to harm Him or tarnish Him. And his love has been of
Divine nature that anyone who has even had an iota of
heart, has been overwhelmed.
God has a plan and that is all I need to know. That is all
that is the basis of my Faith and Trust. That is all that
is the reason for me to live. And so, even though feelings
of sorrow and separation from Him envelop me at times, I
tell myself that HE KNOWS BEST. And reaffirming my faith,
I cheer up...........
But today, I cry because I realize how little I have
imbibed His teachings and how little am like Him.
Everyday, during those days when He was in the hospital, I
was eager to get updates of His health and naturally so.
Days passed and the updates became 'monotonous' and I was
waiting for some positive change. I was wondering when
Swami would will and come out of the hospital and lead
life the way I would love to see Him?
It is then that it hit me - Was I ever so eager to know
His teachings and follow them? How 'monotonous' it would
have become for Swami to keep waiting for me to start
living the life the He wanted me to? How long has He
waited for some positive change?
I say that I have tried my best. From within, His answer
is so straight, "You have not".
"But I have done everything possible. I feel I love You so
much and have done everything the way You wanted me to!!"
"If you have been the way I would have wanted you to, you
would never feel a moment of separation from me. You would
never feel sorrow for Bliss is your nature."
"So I have not become what am ought to........What should
"Forget the past (but not its memories and lessons), don't
think about the future. Live in the present. its my gift
and its the omnipresent."
Swami has come with a mission and as He declared it, It
will never fail. We have no choice but to evolve. And if
we refuse to, we will be forced to!
Posted on 29.12.2011
The Leelas of
Mischievous Kanna (Krishna)
THIS IS A MALAYALAM POEM:
Kalthurangin akathua Amma Kani Kanda Dhinam Muthal,
Kaattaalan Eitha Kanayal Kal Vinda Dhinam varey,
Kannan Kapata Gopalan Chaitha Kaaryam sagalamum
Jagan Mohana, Mohanam!!!!
THE ESSENCE IN ENGLISH
From the Day when the Mother had (kani) the first Divine
Darshan, inside the (Kal thurangam) jail,
Till the day, His Lotus Feet was hurt by an arrow of a
All the Divine Leelas, played up by the mischievous Kannan
Were very very awesome and liked all over the world.
Kani means the first Darshan.
This in essence indicates the Divine Leelas from the day
of Advent till the day of Exit.
Lord Krishna was born inside a prison. The poet uses the
word, Kal thurangin akathu. Akathu means inside. kal
thurangam means a cave made out of stones.
That was how the prisons were built those days.
With Love & Regards,
Sathsangh with Sri
Poojya Shree Asharam Bapuji:
Poojya Shree Asharam Bapuji is a very popular spiritual
leader. Millions of his followers are attending his
sathsangh, wherever, it happens.
This most popular Bapuji visited Prashanthi NIlayam, to
pay his respects to Bhaghavan Sri Sathya Sai baba varu.
Swami blessed Bapuji, and also showed him all regards due
to a spiritual leader. Swami directed that a chair be
provided for Bapu, to sit near Him. Swami also requested
Bapuji to give a message to vast number of devotees
gathered in Sai Kulwant Hall. Bapuji spoke at length on
various spiritual matters, and paid glowing tributes to
I live in Borivali in Mumbai. Just behind my apartment
building, there is a vast 13 acres sports ground owned by
Bombay Municipal Corporation. In this vast maidan, Shri.
Asharam Bapuji is scheduled to conduct a santhsangh
meeting starting from 30th December till 1st January. The
extended sathsangh meetings will commence from 9.30 AM
till 3.30 PM.
As the preparations were going on, I entered the ground
and could speak to few of the volunteers who are
supervising the arrangements. They feel, even this vast
ground may prove to be very small since they are expecting
huge crowds on all these days. The entire ground is being
provided with covered pandals. Some other nearby small
grounds are being developed as temporary toilets and
canteen facilities. Entry points in the approach roads are
being beautified with large arches.
Sathsangh is a sathsangh, because the spiritual leaders
only speak on spiritual matters.
Announcement by Professor Anil Kumar for tomorrows
Christmas program 27th December, 2011
Morning Program ► Now I am glad to mention tomorrow's
program. tomorrow morning at 9:30 there will be a
procession there, the procession starts from the birth
place of Bhagawan and the procession will have a chariot,
Jagannatha, Balavadhra, Subadhara, meaning Krishna,
Balarama and Subadhra the brother and sister. All the
three of them come in a chariot, which is pucca, totally,
100% orrisa style! Orrisa style! that what they are going
to do. so they will be coming in a chariot and you will
also be surprised to see, the music and the dance that we
see often quite on the TV, the Puri Jagganathar yatra. the
same replica, prototype, that procession you are going to
see tomorrow morning, the procession starts 9:30.
The Evening program ► Jagannatha Leelamrutham Dance
Drama in the Divine Presence at 5 PM in Sai Kulwant
Hall.the second one, faristi sai gagan ke, that is also
other drama third item being Bharat vandana, a music dance
recital, that is the program to be staged by great
devotees of the state of odisha.
Christ determined to make the giving and sharing of
Love his main objective in life. Such love was met with
many obstacles and losses. Christ considered a true man to
be the one who can face obstacles and move forward in
Love. Do not give in to losses and pain. Do not be carried
away with pleasure. Face everything with equanimity.
Christ could never see suffering passively. In Jerusalem
doves were sold and killed as an offering. Christ decried
the violence committed towards the poor creatures. He
began to undertake the holy task of stopping such violence
and freeing the captive birds. Some men began to cast
aspersions, slandered him and tried to punish him.
"Salutations to any living beings go toward God," say the
Vedas. ("Sarva bhuta namaskaram; Keshavam prati gachate.")
We think there is no meaning in saluting both the one who
praises us and the one who criticizes us. Saluting the one
who praises us is understandable, but what is the use of
saluting the one who accuses us? We must have continuous
relationship with accusations, because without them there
is no beauty or value to praise. Without criticism,
appreciation loses its meaning. That is why every word,
every thought, has some obstacle or no beauty or value to
praise. Without criticism, appreciation loses its meaning.
That is why every word, every thought, has some obstacle
or other. For the good, bad is a shadow. For pleasure,
difficulty is a shadow. All opposites are interrelated.
The pleasure and pain, the profit and loss, exist
together. Christ went on pursuing his path in the face of
many obstacles with strength and endurance. He gave His
life for the service of men, for the principle of Love and
propagation of Love.
The season of Christmas is associated with Christmas
Grandpa or Santa Claus. Tokovan was his original name. He
was born in Turkey. He began his career as a priest and
gradually began to attain spiritual heights. How did he
become a spiritual giant? By the spirit of sacrifice. He
used to give a chocolate or a doll or a gift to any child
he met. All his life he kept on giving continuously. When
Christmas was approaching, all the children used to run
behind Santa Claus. He used to carry all the gifts in a
bag and distribute to all the children. In what manner did
he distribute? He said, "Here is a token of God's Love.
Here is a token of God's Love," and thus distributed them.
Eventually he came to be called Christmas Grandpa, and his
original name was forgotten.
The important message which I want to convey today, which
Jesus also propagated, is one of Love and compassion. So
boys and girls, on this holy and sacred day, when we
celebrate the birthday of that holy personage, we must
conduct ourselves in accordance with his message. It is
easy to celebrate birthdays, but we must also keep in
sight the purity and message of the person whose birthday
Share Love, be united, consider all to be the children of
God. Foster the brotherhood of man and fatherhood of God.
Greetings and best wishes on the holy occasion of
beautiful and Merry Christmas. Christmas is always special
in every one's lives no matter they follow Christianity or
not, as this is a festival which speaks about love and
devotion. This festival is always colourful, with
beautiful statues of Virgin mary and son of Bethlehem to
be seen all over. Come Christmas, every one knows that the
festive season has started.
Christmas in Prashanthi with
our Lord is always special. How can we forget the
beautiful candle lit balcony darshan in the wee hours of
beautiful Christmas mornings in Prashanthi. How can we
forget the beautiful discourses Swami gave with in- depth
and thorough analysis of Jesus and His teachings with many
facets of Christ unknown to the world.. How can we forget
the beautiful souls, that fly from every corner of this
world to sing in unison in the immediate presence of our
Lord, How can we forget the beautiful darshans, sparshans
and sambhashans our Lord blessed us with especially during
For every Christian of our Sai Family, visit to
Puttaparthi is always a home coming to see the Cosmic
Christ in flesh and blood. For every Devotee it was a
living vision of Jesus's love and compassion. Christmas
over the years had its own specialty especially in
Prashanthi. This year was equally special as we could see
the MATCHLESS devotion and dedication of devotees who
thronged in thousands on this holy occasion.
Words are not enough to describe the beauty of this year's
Christmas. Many a times, we tend to under perform when we
are emotionally stressed up, when our beloved ones don't
seem to be in our midst. When our Lord Himself, left us
(PHYSICALLY) can there be any other SHOCK in this
world but it is only His compassion and kindness that we
slowly are realising the REALITY of His omnipresence.
This year's Christmas choir was directed by sister Sister
Gisela from Germany. She has been in the Choir for so many
years now. Apart from being a gifted musician she was also
a keen student under the leadership of Sister Sylvia who
did the previous choirs in Prashanthi.
This year the choir had 175 Ladies and about 60 gents
singing in unison in Sai Kulwanth hall.
There were some emotional moments where it was very
obvious that we tend to look at the Yajur Mandir hoping
for Swami's arrival but as a whole every one put up a
beautiful performance. It is always the DESERVING that
come to Prashanthi and for a regular pilgrim like sister
Sagnee Naidoo who brought her husband and kids for the
first time to Prashanthi it was just fantastic. Every
member of the family say with strong faith that they see
and feel Swami and He has not gone any where.
For sister Trisharlia, a school teacher from South Africa
who has been coming to Prasanthi for years, it is bit
emotional but the energy and ambience is just fantastic.
The Christmas choir ended at 6pm which was followed by 30
minutes bhajans. The Christmas eve ended with a beautiful
talk by Prof.Anil Kumar who explained the similarities,
significance of Christ and Baba.
Later in the western canteen a sumptuous CHRISTMAS DINNER
was served for just Rs100 with a variety of delicacies to
choose from. While the dinner was on there was also a
magic show by brother Ricardo from Italy who went to the
devotees especially to children playing with them and
making them thrilled with little magic tricks.
Here is a short video of one minute interviews of
devotees' happiness for being blessed to be part of
Christmas 2011 in Prashanthi and these interviews are
followed by a video of complete rehearsal of Christmas
choir shot on the evening of 23rd December 2011.
Just to let every one know that MEMORIES AND MEMOIRS,
articles by Prof.Anil Kumar speaking about his experiences
with Swami 4 decades ago are now available in
saiwisdom.com website in the following link. So far Part 1
and 2 are available and the remaining are to follow:
With Pranams at the Lotus feet of our beloved Lord,
Posted on 26.11.2011
Recent Miracles In Puttaparthi (Dec 23, 2011)
Om Sairam dearest Sai Family
Swami's grace and tons of His blessings, Christmas
festivity and gaiety has been enormous for the past week
in Prasanthi Nilayam, the abode of our beloved Lord. The
whole ashram has been beautifully decorated by devotees
from Croatia duly supported by South Africa, with lights,
Christmas trees, balloons giving a visitor a beautiful and
nostalgic experience. Every one here feels His presence
and why not, Swami has told on numerous occasions that He
is Omnipresent and omnipotent.
The overseas adult Christmas choir is scheduled tonight
(24 Dec) and about 275 of them are singing in unison. All
of them had a final rehearsal yesterday and it was just
fantastic. (Photos attached)
On the 22nd December the central Trust members had a
meeting with all the overseas devotees presently camping
in Puttaparthi to know and understand their problems,
suggestions and views about the present situation.
The meeting which was held in Poornachandra Auditorium was
presided by Sri.S.V.Giri, Sri.Chakravarthi, Sri.Rathnakar
, Sri. Prasad Rao (secretary ) and every one of them re
assured that every step that will be taken would be
towards the betterment of the present situation and it
would be more and more devotee friendly.
I am sure every one felt good about this meeting and they
got a chance to address their concerns and suggest some
important points and see in person all the personalities
whom they would have just seen on TV or read about.
Meanwhile, particularly in Puttaparthi, Swami is very kind
enough to show His omnipresence with numerous miracles
after Mahasamadhi. This probably is to say He is very much
here in Puttaparthi and has not moved (shifted) else
where. He is in every one's hearts and probably more
(easily) accessible to every one..
Please click the following link to know the more recent
miracles that happened in Puttaparthi..
Sharing with you an article of Prof. Anil Kumar which is
being published in Telugu Sanathana Sarathi starting from
November 2011 titled, "Memories and Memoirs", a journey
with the Living Avatar for four decades.
This is the translation of the first part of the article
which appeared in the November edition of Telugu Sanathana
"Why would you think like that? Swami knows everything
about you. In fact, He enquired about you many times.
Don't feel upset." These consoling words from Sri.Kasturi
are still fresh in my mind.
It was in the year 1977,during the second day of Dasara
festival. I went up to Sri.Kasturi and said in a soft
voice, "Sir, it seems you sent a word for me through the
sevadals. It seems Bhagawan asked me to give a talk in the
Poornachandra Auditorium this evening and as no-one could
trace my whereabouts in the ashram, I lost this DIVINE
chance. Sir! please excuse me. How can you back an unlucky
Kasturi who was trying his best to pacify me said, "Do you
think Swami doesn't know who is worthy to be His chosen
instrument? He knows every thing and He will do the
needful at the right moment. Don't be upset. Be happy that
you are at least in His Divine sight and thoughts. What
else could any one need?"
Let me explain to you what happened that particular day.
Swami enquired about me from Sri. Kasturi who in turn asked
the sevadals and other officials to look for me in the
ashram. The end result: I lost the rare opportunity to
speak in the Divine presence on such a huge occassion.
Don't you think I would not be disappointed by this? Prior
to that Swami never spoke a word with me, never smiled at
me, no padanamaskar, not even a first row seat was in my
luck. I used to think that this was BAD LUCK which was
brought forward by me from my previous births. If at all I
was lucky to get a first row, Swami would either skip that
area or would speak loudly to a person who was seated
right next to me and many a times materialise something or
other for that person. Many of my friends, who already
knew my bad luck would say," Mr. Anil Kumar, we would sit
next to you in the canteen or anywhere else but not in the
darshan lines." Such was my reputation then.
After seven long years, finally when the DIVINE CALL
came, I was not available. This would have been my first
chance to see Him up close, to talk to Him, to have
Padanamaskar. I was cursing my lucky stars. Sri Kasturi
said, "Don't worry. In the evening darshan sit in the first
row and see what happens."
FIRST CONVERSATION WITH SWAMI:
Exactly at 4.50PM, Swami came out for darshan. Blessing,
talking with all the devotees and gliding along slowly,
Swami came and stood in front of me and said, "Where have
you been this morning? I sent people to look for you in
the canteen and your room. No one could find you. I
thought of letting you speak this morning". My whole body
started shivering. Did my Swami speak to me now? Is this
conversation, is this moment, is this day REAL or a DREAM?
Is this the END of my 7 year BAD LUCK episode or is it the
START of a new beginning? After a few seconds of
bombarding thoughts, I took some courage and said, "Swami!
Please forgive me. I was in Sri Ammanna Sashtri's house
outside the ashram. I was also joined by Podili Viswanatha
Sharma, Purighalla Appa Rao, Sri Manchi Raju Surya
Narayana Murthy. I was completely spellbound to hear the
glory of of Shirdi from Sri Viswanatha Sharma. This made
me forget the time. That is why I didn't come into the
ashram on time." Our beloved Lord said, " No problem.
Don't feel sad. Take Padanamaskar" Just like a baby deer
jumping onto its mother, I fell on His divine lotus feet.
I thought to myself, "Swami! what is it You don't know
about this world? How could you call me when I am not
present? Why is it that I was not present when You called
Me? Is this not part of Your Divine Leela Swami!!"
Exactly after one year, in 1978, I got the Divine chance
to speak in the immediate presence of Bhagawan. On that
prior intimation, I was made to sit on the dais. On the
dais, Swami was seated on His throne and behind Him were
Karunyananda, Sri Kasturi and Sri Bhagawantham. As soon as
Swami signalled me to speak I went up to Swami and
asked,"Swami! English or Telugu?" Swami replied, "Speak in
English" . Our compassionate Lord also gave me a second
during the same year's Dasara Celebrations on Vijaya
Dasami day when He asked me to speak in Telugu. This was
my Debut in
In the year 1980, I got a telegram which said that I was
appointed as the Zonal Convener of Andhra and Rayalaseema
Sathya Sai Organisations. Immediately I left for
Puttaparthi. In darshan line,I said, "Swami! The Chairman
of the World
Council has sent me a telegram. I am very thankful to You.
Please bless me" Swami said, "I have personally appointed
as the Zonal Convener and the telegram was sent by Me."
Hearing those sweet words, my heart jumped in joy. I
thought it was
all Swami's wish and that everything happens according to
the Divine Will.
Time was passing by. It was in the year 1985 when Swami's
birthday celebrations were in full swing in the Sri Sathya
Hill View stadium. In the forenoon session of Swami's
birthday, the then Chairman of the World Council, Sri.
was reading the names of newly appointed state presidents.
When it came to Andhra Pradesh (the state I was born in)
was read out. There were cold shivers down my spine. I
asked myself, "Is that me? Or is it someone else with my
That evening, while the cultural programmes were on, Swami
called me closer and asked, "What, Mr.State President! Are
accepting this offer?" I politely replied, " Why not
Swami! It is Your Divine command? I will definitely
Stretching both His hands forward and holding me He said,
" Look. My protection will be stronger than iron fetters.
Everyone will co-operate with you. Don't worry.Be
expeditious and successful."
Those consoling and re-assuring words were the words of
Truth and everything happened exactly as Swami said. Every
activity was personally monitored and done by Him. I don't
own any vehicles except a bicycle. In those days, I didn't
have a telephone. By profession I was just an ordinary
Professor. I was wondering if I would be able to tour the
state which was an expensive affair. I expressed the same
doubt before my wife and she said," Let's just assume that
one more child. Just as we would spend on his/her
education, clothing, etc., let's consider the organisation
as a child
"gifted" by Swami and look after it with the same love and
determination. I took her words as a message from Swami
didn't look back since then.
In this "memorable journey" there is no village or town
that I haven't visited in Andhra Pradesh. Swami took me to
and corner of Andhra Pradesh. He made me travel in all
modes of transportation. Those were the days when the
and transport systems were in total chaos. I travelled for
hours standing in buses and in jam-packed trains I tried
compete with cranes by travelling for hours standing on
one foot. I travelled on tractors, in bullock carts, in
You name the mode of transport and I can assure you I have
experienced all the rides.
Since 1979, Swami used to give me the chance to speak in
the Divine Presence at least four to five times a year.
there was a meeting in a place named Kurnool organised by
the Sathya Sai Organisation. That night there was a very
downpour of rain. The bus stations and roads were
transformed into lagoons. All the buses were cancelled.
inability to attend, I sent a telegram to the organisers.
The next morning, there was this Inner Voice which said,
shouldn't stay back. Go!" I thought that by the time could
reach Kurnool, it would be late and everyone would be
home and that it would be useless to continue my trip to
Kurnool under such circumstances. But the Inner Voice was
and was telling me again and again to go.
Obeying the Divine command ( the Inner Voice), I left for
Kurnool. By the time I reached there, everyone was heading
after Mangala Arathi. When the devotees saw me, everyone
was surprised. They started thinking: How come he is here
sent a telegram that he could not make it to the
programme. Is he the real Prof.Anil Kumar or is Baba
coming in Prof. Anil
Kumar's form? Anyhow, everyone went back to the meeting
hall and after addressing the meeting, I went back to
In those days, bhajans used to go on till 11 am. One
Mr. Majeti from Eluru saw me and gave me a seat in the
came out for darshan and in His usual style said, "What,
Mr. Anil! Did you think of skipping the meeting in Kurnool?
how I pulled you there. Swami's programmes will never get
cancelled. No body can skip Swami's programmes". Of course
there with my mouth wide open listening to and looking at
our All-knowing Lord. Moreover, Swami added, "There is one
Dr. Krishna Rao who was the first sevadal from Kurnool.
Holding a little torchlight, he safeguarded Prasanthi
nights. By your absence, would he not feel disappointed?"
Only then I understood the seriousness and importance of
meetings, how our Omnipresent Swami watches us all during
such Sai meetings and knows every minute thing about us.
There is one place by the name of Giddaluru in Prakasam
District in Andhra Pradesh. Dr. P.C.Ranga Reddy was the
president then. A huge meeting was planned and I think it
was held in Vivekananda College grounds. I was also
the meeting. On the same day, all the buses and trains
were stopped as there was a huge political protest
Governor's decision to remove the then Chief Minister of
Andhra Pradesh, Sri. N. T. Rama Rao, from his office. His
Telugu Desam Party was protesting against this decision
and the whole state came to a standstill. I was wondering
would travel under such tense moments.
The same morning, one sevadal from Giddaluru came to my
house to take me with him. All my family members who never
for any Sai meetings, were considering the "tense moments"
outside and asked me to stay back. When all the trains and
were on strike, they didn't feel comfortable to let me
leave the house. Understanding their sentiments and also
mind the "practical" problems I would face in my journey,
I went up to the sevadal and said, " Sir, there is no way
go to the meeting in any mode of transportation. Please
excuse me. I cannot make it". I remember his strong reply
this day. He said," There is no way we can cancel Swami's
work. You are coming and I am taking you with me".
Immediately, I packed a few pieces of clothing in a small
suitcase and unsuccessfully failing to convince my family
members, I left home with the sevadal. Both of us sat in
the train not knowing when it would start. Will this train
Giddaluru? I was not sure at all. I had completely
surrendered to Swami. The train started moving slowly,
slower than a
snail. Mr. Sathyam, who was accompanying me, stopped at
every station and updated the people of Giddaluru over the
about our whereabouts. To me everything seemed to be in
turmoil. My mind was very busy with all kinds of
difficulty we reached a station called Vinukonda. There in
Vinukonda it was announced that the strike was called off.
more, the train picked up speed. In no time we reached our
final destination, Giddaluru. In the station there were
of devotees, old and young, men and women waiting to
receive me. As announced, the meeting was arranged in a
which was jam-packed by then.
From Giddaluru, I reached Puttaparthi. Our All-knowing
Lord asked, "Did the meeting go on very well? After having
name in the invitation, devotees would have felt bad if
you didn't turn up for the programme. Our (Sai
programmes are for every one's spiritual development. They
should start on time. We should be role models to
Hearing all this, it was my turn to be surprised and
speechless once again.
When I think of Giddaluru, I always remember this incident
which happened long back. In those days, there used to be
one bus from Machilipatnam to Puttaparthi. It would easily
take 17-19 hours to travel from Guntur to Puttaparthi.
time we travelled, there was a definite chance of at least
two flat tyres. On one such occasion, the bus stopped for
at Giddaluru. As we were all hungry, we rushed into a
nearby restaurant and asked the waiter to tell us the menu
restaurant. He said," We've got chicken biryani, chicken
pulao, omlette, etc., etc. Being pure vegetarians by
merely hearing those names made us run away from the
restaurant. Later, we found another Brahmin vegetarian
hotel and got
back to the bus after lunch. As the bus started moving, I
looked through the window. The signboard for the first
we went to read "Military hotel" ( a common name for a
non-vegetarian hotel). As we were hungry we didn't bother
Back in Puttaparthi, Dasara celebrations were on. The
stage was well set for Swami's Divine Discourse. In that
discourse, Swami said,"In this temporary, worldly universe
where will you find real happiness? There is a board
this universe. The board says, " momentary, unhappy" and
if we look for happiness without reading the board it will
serve the purpose. For example if the board outside a
hotel says "Military hotel" we cannot go and ask for idli,
upma." This definitely was a message for me. This was yet
another example of Swami's Omnipresence.
There exists a V.S.N. College in Visakhapatnam. In that
college Sri.G.V.Subramanya Sharma was the head of the
Sanskrit. He was a very active member of Sri Sathya Sai
Organisation. He was an erudite speaker. His satsangs on
Bhagavatham were matchless. If he started to talk
comparing Krishna and Baba, the listeners would definitely
time and space listening to him with such rapt attention.
He was a very close friend of mine. One day, both of us
memorable experience when we were returning from Sirisilla
in Karimnagar District after attending a meeting organised
Sri Sathya Sai Organisation. We came to Kajipet railway
station to take either Narsapur express train or Godavari
Both of us had to attend the college the next day. While
we were waiting for the train, the station master
and said," O Mr. Anil! I had to miss your talk because of
my duty here. Come. Let's have coffee and talk about
When we talk about Swami we always forget the time. With
lots of enthusiasm we were talking about Swami. Meanwhile,
Station Master said," Ok. Let's go now as it is time for
the train to arrive." By the time we came out, the train
already come and left the platform. Sri. Subramanya Sharma
was very worried. He was wondering how he would go to
the next day. In fact, both of us were thinking along the
same lines. Suddenly, the train which already crossed the
light started to come back to the platform. We were
completely shocked to see this wonder. Without inquiring
how and why,
we jumped into the train.
Afterwards, I went to Puttaparthi for some festival . That
evening, Swami came up to me smiling and said, " You
fellow. Don't you know to come on time to the platform?
You know, you would have missed the train that evening."
Once I had this beautiful experience. When I went to a
meeting in Karimnagar District, the devotees from Adilabad
requested me to attend a meeting in Ramakrishna Puram.
That day was a bit weird as our car was interrupted many
throughout the journey. Getting a tip-off about some
anti-social elements trying to dismantle the
police were on high alert and our car was stopped many
times to go through the security check. Every time the
stopped the car they would see Swami's photo in the car
and let us go. That scary drive had a happy ending and
reached home safe. After a few days, when I went to
Puttaparthi, Swami came to me and said, "I have told you
not to travel
at midnight. Now do you know how many obstacles you had to
face?" Thanking Swami for saving me, I fell at His Lotus
It was during the silver jubilee celebrations of Sri
Sathya Sai Organisation. All of us were travelling in a
by the President of Guntur District, Sri.Kovela Mudi
Narayana Rao. On both sides of the van were two loud
quotes beautifully written on either side of the van and
above all the van was beautifully decorated with Swami's
well. We toured countless villages in this van. That day
we were supposed to visit Palakollu village in West
Again we were in th e middle of a strike. The public
transportation came to a standstill. Ours being private
managed to travel with fewer obstacles as far as Bejavada. There in Bejavada the strike was intense. They didn't
to travel even an inch further.
We were playing Bhajan cassettes in the van. Everyone were
questioning us as why we were travelling in spite of the
strike. Some miscreants holding flags even tried to stop
the cassette player in the van. Not knowing what to do and
frightened, we started singing within ourselves.
Meanwhile, from nowhere, came this hefty man on his
motorbike. He had a
huge flag on his motorbike and had a very strong voice. It
looked like he was their leader. He peeped into the van
looking at Baba's photo, he said to his men to let us go.
Turning to us he said, "You may go now. No-one will stop
will make sure nothing will happen to you. Come on. Start
Due to the road bloackade, we reached Palakollu a bit
late. Those devotees who were going back to their homes,
our beautifully decorated van which had bhajans playing on
the loud speakers, came back to the venue. Even though we
hungry, we skipped our meal and went directly to address
the gathering. While I was giving a talk, someone in the
passed a little paper which said, "Dear Sir, we have a
wedding scheduled in the same meeting hall tonight. You
doing us a big favour if you stop your talk now". When I
read the letter aloud, someone from the crowd, in a
Godavari accent asked, "What is it you are going to stop?
If you want the wedding to be successful you should have
blessings. Mr.Anil Kumar, please continue your talk. They
will make the wedding arrangements at the back. "I was
to hear this. I saluted and bowed down to their devotion.
In my 20 years of service as a teacher in Guntur, I spent
all my weekends and holidays in travelling to villages,
spreading Swami's messages and sharing His love. I had to
balance college hours, manage the travel iternary and
talks. My life was a perfect example of Swami's Divine
will, where He can let the work done with even a very
person, that I am.
At this juncture, I recall yet another peculiar incident
that happened years ago. After participating in some Sai
Programmes in the Telangana region, I reached the railway
station only to know that I had just missed the train. I
terribly worried as I had to attend the college the next
day and with no options left I literally ran to the
directly from the railway station the moment I reached
Guntur. More over, I was scheduled to teach in the first
the day. When I reached the college, I noticed the gates
being locked. Curiously I inquired the watchman as why the
campus seemed to be empty and he said, as our students won
the inter-college cricket match, the college management
declared a holiday today. It was indeed a great relief to
me. I wished that our students won more matches so that I
allot more time for Sai activities.
On another occasion I was 'saved' as one of my colleagues
was getting married. I said: Swami let all my bachelor
get married soon, so that i will have more time for YOUR
Many a times mostly out of ignorance we tend to think that
we are the doers. We think that no one can be so perfect
are. Ego elates us to think that we alone could do such
great things; impossible for others and we pride on our
intelligence. Yes it is natural. After all we are humans.
Further we think that without us, those great things could
accomplished. If opportunities are given, there are
several others who can do much better than us. If Swami
wills even a
blade of grass will become a powerful instrument.
Once there was a meeting in a place called Ponnakollu
village organised by the Sathya Sai Organisation on their
anniversary. But on the same day, I had to attend a
meeting of State Presidents of Sathya Sai Organisation in
I was wondering what would have been the 'plight' of the
meeting in Ponnakollu without me. Finally when I went
back, I came
to know that three famous stalwarts of Andhra Pradesh,
Sri.Karunasri, Sri.Madhavarama Sharma and Sri Amarendra
meeting even though their names were not mentioned in the
invitation card and the programme was a grand success.
Swami's programmes will never stop. It is just that we
would be losing golden opportunities by not attending but
absence will never make any Sai meeting smaller. We should
always realise this fact that there are umpteen number of
competent, talented, devoted and inspiring people ready to
do Swami's work.
Another incident happened in the same Ponnakallu village.
Many years ago I attended the anniversary of the local Sai
there. To give enough time for the farmers to return home
after a long day's work, generally such meetings start at
While I was talking in the village a big rich villager got
up and said: Have you come to propagate Sai Baba? I
Sir, please don't misunderstand us. We are Sai Devotees
and we are celebrating our Center's anniversary. Later on
Ponnakallu village became a center which always came up
with innovative and uplifting Sai activities. During a
session in one year, Swami appeared to be seated on His
throne in the photo which speaks high of their devotion.
Once I visited 'Donepudi' village. It was too late by the
time I finished my talk. Eventually I had to miss the last
well. With no options left, I slept in the temple that
night and left for Guntur the next day. Similarly after
at Thulluru, there were no buses to go. Luckily I
got into a tractor and reached Guntur.
Several years ago, I attended a Balavikas meeting at
Rajahmundry. There was no train till midnight. I travelled
by a lorry
upto Eluru, from there by another lorry to Vijayawada and
finally reached Guntur by a state transport bus.
I have used all means of transport to carryout Swami's
work. I should keep up the promise I made to Swami. In
the year 1980, during Dasara celebrations, after the
divine discourse, Swami took me to the first floor of
and blessed me with silk clothes, a safari suit and a
shawl. Placing His two palms on my head He said Have a
with a noble character. May you spread Swami's message
touring throughout the state of Andhra Pradesh.
How can I forget this blessing from the Lord of the Lords!
After being blessed profusely, will I still have any
Will there be any irritation? Can I ever take rest? No.
Sai's power is undaunted, unparalleled and matchless
(To be continued......)
Translated from an article by Prof. Anil Kumar published in
Telugu Sanathana Sarathi (November-2011 edition)..
Posted by Satish Naik - 14.12.2011
Memories And Memoirs (Part Two).. An Article By Prof.Anil
Om Sairam dearest Sai Family,
"Memories and Memoirs (Part two) is an article written by
Prof. Anil Kumar for telugu version of Sanathana Sarathi
Magazine (December 2011) published from Prasanthi Nilayam.
where he shares his journey with the Divine for four
These articles are translated into English and later in
other foreign languages for the benefit of Non-Telugu
Devotees.. (Please scroll down at the bottom of this email
to read part ONE or read my previous postings)
Venue: Guntur Medical College. Time: 4pm. This incident
happened four decades back and is still fresh in my mind.
The chief guest of that evening's programme, Mr. Valluri
Parthasarathi, said, " I have not come to this programme
position of Chief Justice of the High Court. In fact, the
day when I was appointed as the President of the Sri
Organiasation of Andhra Pradesh is more memorable than the
day I was sworn in as the Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh
At the same meeting, yesteryear's eminent scientist and
great speaker, Sri. Suri Bhagawantham was also present. He
"You have introduced me as the Vice Chancellor of so many
universities that I work for, you have introduced me as a
scientist and as the secretary of Home affairs. All these
(positions) might be true on a worldly level but I have
this meeting as a Sai Devotee and all those worldly
positions don't matter to me as they are momentary."
My father, Sri. Kamaraju Bapayya, who retired as Joint
Director from the Education Department was a student of
Bhagawantham. My father attended this meeting just out of
respect for his teacher. In those days, my father had
views on Swami. In fact, no-one in my family had any views
on Baba. I just "accompanied" my father to the meeting.
Sri.Suri Bhagawantham's talk on that day was very
unique. He was sharing the beautiful experiences he had
After every narration, he would ask, "What would you do
if you were in my position? If you were a scientist like
would you look at such a phenomenal happening?" He was
trying to say that no matter who you are in your
be it a learned scholar or a scientist, at the end of the
day you are nothing without Swami.
One day, Sri.Bhagawantham and Swami were walking on the
bank of a river. Suddenly, Swami stopped and asked, "
Bhagawantham,can we sit here?" He thought," Baba is
capable of doing so many miracles.Let me test him now." He
to Swami saying , "Swami, let's walk a little bit
further." After walking a bit, he said to Swami," Let's
After a short informal talk, Swami removed some sand from
the river bank and took out a mini Bhagawat Gita and
to Sri. Bhagawantham to which he was completely taken
aback.When he asked where this mini book was printed, the reply
came," In the SAI PRESS."
On another ocassion, walking along the seashore, Swami
asked ,"What is the other name for sea?" Bhagawantham
"Ratnakar". Swam then said,
"In that case it (the sea) should be full of GEMS" (Ratna
also means Gems).. Just as Swami said these words, a huge
came from which a garland with precious gems adorned
Swami's Lotus Feet.
On that day, Sri.Bhagawantham also explained a strange
leela that happened years ago when Swami visited a Shirdi
where He materialised a diamond and stuck it on the marble
statue so easily as if the statue was made of very soft
material. When he saw this rare leela, he was surprised to
see how Swami could fix the diamond so easily on a marble
and reading his doubtful mind Swami said, "Can't the
creator glue on the diamond?"
After that evening's meeting, my father met his teacher
Sri.Bhagawantham. That was the first time that we saw
photo placed on the dais. Probably it was a TEST DOSE
sample prescribed by Baba for us. After about two years
our BOND with
our beloved Swami started to grow. Our family was a
staunch follower of Brahma Samaj. Both my paternal
Sri.Kamaraju Hanumantha Rao and my maternal grand father
Sri Palaparthi Narasimham , were very well- known
Brahama Samaj. Both of them were multilingual with very
good command over English, Telugu and Bengali. They were
close associates of Sri.Kandukuri Veeresa Lingam Panthulu,
the man who first brought about a renaissance in Telugu
and Telugu literature. Both my grandfathers published two
magazines Dharmasarathi and Dharmajyothi respectively, for
long years. Being followers of Brahma Samaj, they were
completely against idol worship, rituals and other such
spiritual activities. We believed in the formless Brahman.
My forefathers also tried their best to abolish the caste
system by educating and letting people know its ill
effects on the society. Neither did we have any photos of
Goddesses at home nor did we pray to any Gods. But we did
have a collective family prayer everyday at 7 p.m. and we
attended the local Brahma Temple every Sunday evening.
Meanwhile, in the back drop, the DIVINE PLAN was slowly
making its way. Swami had all His strings tightened to
towards Him by bringing this one "excuse" into the
picture. This "Excuse" was my wife's ill-health. My wife
had a cyst in
the uterus and the doctors suggested to remove it as it
could lead to cancer. My native place Guntur is well-known
world class hospitals and schools. With no other option
left, a famous doctor of those days, Dr. Y.V.Subba Rao, an
devotee of Hanuman operated on her. The operation went on
very well but Baba put a small twist here. She started
experiencing excruciating pain. Every doctor we went to
used to do the tests and say every thing looked good and
was nothing wrong. From outside everything looked good and
many doctors were looking at us strangely when she
unbearable pain when the reports said everything was
Then one thought came to me. I told my wife, "You come
from a ritualistic family who believes in visiting temples
undertaking rituals. Why don't you start doing your
routine from now on. Let's go to one temple every day. You
or circumbabulate around the temple, which is up to you,
but please don't ask me to come inside the temple. I
Brahmasamaj and it is against my upbringing.
In those days, it cost one and a half rupees to hire a
rickshaw for two hours. We started spending our evenings
different temples. To maintain my "discipline" I never
stepped into any temple.I used to stay out side the temple
with my kids. Mean while she was becoming more cheerful
even though the pain still existed. This came as a big
relief to me
to see her in her normal self. One day as we were passing
by Rama Vysya Dharma Satram near Guntur Railway station in
rickshaw, we heard a group of people singing bhajans.
Suddenly, my wife said, "lets attend the bhajan today". As
into the hall and saw Swami's photo on the dais, I was
completely taken aback. Immediately my thoughts went back
day that happened in my college, when I sent a girl out of
the classroom for wearing a Sai Baba ring. Another girl
out of the classroom by me for wearing a Sai baba locket.
On another occasion, when a student asked me to give the
important questions that would be asked during the final
exams I said, "I am not Sai Baba to guess the important
which would probably appear in the final exams."
After the arathi we went home. My wife who looked content
and much relaxed said "I am very peaceful and happy,".
day on wards, we started attending bhajans at various
homes.Our children started to join us as they liked the
served at each venue. Being a joint family our absence was
not noticed at home. Just as Kaika of Ramayana asked Rama
fulfill her only wish, my wife asked me to fulfill her
only wish and that was to take her to Puttaparthi. I felt
as if a
thunderbolt had hit my head. Being a cent per cent
follower of Brahmasamaj, moreover, being one of the key
asked myself why I was allowing myself to go through all
these trials and tribulations. In fact, when I am actively
spreading the message of Brahmasamaj in the society, will
my family heads allow us to visit Puttaparthi?. With great
difficulty we convinced my maternal grandmother. After she
was able to tactfully convince my grandfather, it felt as
had a huge mission accomplished.
I started for Puttaparthi on three conditions with my
wife. The first condition being a member of faculty in the
college in Guntur,I could not stay there (in Puttaparthi)
for months together. I could not be in Puttaparthi for
four days." The second condition, you should not
pressurise me to do namaskar to Swami." The third
condition, "You should
not ask me to come inside the darshan hall." After getting
reassurances to my three conditions, we left for
accompanied by my children and mother-in-law. Just to play
it safe, we packed mango and tamarind pickles in different
In those days, we had to take Amaravathi Express train,
alight at a place called Guntakal (about 8 hours from
take another train to reach Dharmavaram railway station,
take a horse cart (locally called as Jataka) to
station and then take a bus to Puttaparthi. Somehow, we
reached Puttaparthi safely. Being a newcomer, we had to
rent a room
outside. This room was a bit weird. All the doors and
windows would come out into your hands. You could easily
in your hands and put them back in their positions. They
used to charge half rupee for a bucket of hot water. In
days, the ashram cleaning used to start exactly at 3.30
a.m. By 4 a.m., one would see the devotees lined up for
sankeertan amidst the chirping of birds, sweet fragrance
of the flowers, and not to forget the sound from the
sweeping the ashram premises which also made a sweet
melody. The atmosphere was very pleasant. In those days
in the ashram reminded one of military discipline. They
used to send you out even if you coughed. In those days,
used to be one elderly man, Sri. Narayanayya, completely
bent over with a big torchlight in his hand. If anyone
murmured or jumped the lines, he would immediately catch
them and send them out.
One fine morning, I met a person from my hometown, and
unable to control my happiness, I loudly said, "O friend,
you?" My friend immediately said," You are not supposed to
talk loudly." In the ashram silence is important. That was
first lesson in the ashram. On another morning, as I was
in the ashram, my children asked for drinking water. In
days, people lived in small sheds right next to the Mandir.
Sri. Kasturi's house was the first one. While he was about
leave home for darshan, I went to him and asked, "Sir, My
children are thirsty. Could you please give some water?".
immediately gave us water and quenched our thirst. I
politely said," I apologise if you were late for darshan."
giving you water is more important than darshan" replied
Kasturi. For the first time I learnt what real seva means.
According to the prior agreement, I stayed with the
children outside the darshan hall playing with them.
Unhappy with me,
my wife used to ask," What will you lose if you come and
sit inside the darshan hall for bhajans?" But I stuck to
promise and stayed outside the darshan hall.
Meanwhile, our departure date was getting closer. Not sure
why, but somewhere in my heart I felt even if it were from
distance, it would be nice to see Baba once. That evening,
I was standing by the Gopuram with my children. The
auditorium was still under construction. Swami seated far
away on the throne was hardly visible. The bhajans were on
suddenly Swami rose from His throne and started walking
towards where I was standing. My heart started beating
He came closer and closer, my heartbeat became so loud
that it was clearly audible to me. Baba came directly to
stood in front of me. My legs started shivering. My mind
was full of negative thoughts. I thought He would ask
the negative articles that I read in Blitz magazine .
If He does ask what should be my reply? I felt like
running away from there. Baba who was standing right
before me, stood
still and started gazing at me from top to bottom. Every
cell in my body started to fear and not knowing what to
do, I stood
in front of Swami. Slowly Swami moved towards the
Poornachandra auditorium to oversee the construction work.
What a great
surprise!! While I was curiously watching Him, suddenly a
plate appeared in Swami's hands. The plate was full of
He started distributing one laddu each to the workers
there. I thought we also would get one laddu if there was
over. There was one laddu left in the plate and Swami gave
it to the last workman. In no time, right in front of my
the plate disappeared. I was disappointed not having
gotten the laddu but I was wondering where the plate and
from and where the plate had vanished to. I didn't get any
answers to my questions. This was the first miracle I
There is Christmas joy everywhere and it is more so in the
heavenly hamlet of Prasanthi Nilayam. To enable every
devotee to be part of this Joy, Radio Sai will offer
Live Video Webcast of the celebrations
from Sai Kulwant Hall, Prasanthi Nilayam from December 24
till December 26.
Please see below for the detailed schedule of Christmas
Programmes (in India time) which you can Watch
Live on our website radiosai.org.
December 24, 2011 (Saturday)
Cultural Programme by International Sri Sathya Sai
December 25, 2011 (Sunday)
Christmas Programme by students of Sri Sathya Sai
Talks by Father Charles Ogada and Ms. Sylvia Alden
Recording of the Divine Discourse delivered by Baba
during Christmas 1996
December 26, 2011 (Monday)
International Childrens Choir
On the morning of December 27, there is a Multi-faith Mass
with Father Charles in the Double-Decker building in
Prasanthi Nilayam. We will offer you the recorded video of
this programme at the earliest possible on that day
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SAI BHAJAN BY ERADI BROTHERS:
Christmas evening in Dharmakshethra
Mumbai city in, a for feast of Sai Bhajans during
the Cheristmas days. The Eradi Brothers are expected to arrive in
Mumbai on the 22rd, December, and they are participating in 3 major
events of Sai Bhajans, in the subsequent days.
The main leading bhajan singers are Shri
Krishnadas Erady and Dr. Nedungadi Haridas, popularly known as ERADY
BROTHERS who are privileged to lead Bhajans in the Divine presence
of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba for more than four decades. They
started singing Bhajans at the age of four and still continue to
sing in their 70s. They are the direct disciples of Swamy
Abhedanandaji Maharaj who was supposed to be the reincarnation of
Sree Krishna Chaitanya Swamigal and who was very famous for
his RADHA PREMA BHAKTHI. Both the brothers have visited Sabari Mala
for more than 60 times in their life. There are more singers of the
highest order in Bhajan style and the orchestra group is
professionals but devoted to the Bhajan with mind and soul.
The programme is:
10.00 AM Lighting of lamp, Introduction,
11.20 to !2 Noon Bhajan , Aarti
Bhajan Programme for the youth at Seminar Hall, First floor Thakur
College of Science & Commerce, Thakur Village Kandivali East, Mumbai
7.30 to 9.30 PM
Ayyappa Seva Samithi, Jaigrudev Bhavan,Near society Stores, Opp
jyothi Vidyalaya, Borivali West , Mumbai 400103
6.15.00 to 7.45 PM
Parthi Bhajans at Dharmakshetra, Mahakali Caves Road, Andheri East,
The whole nature rejoices, the birth of Jesus Christ. the redeemer.
the celebration of Christmas in Prashanti Nilayam is unique. It is
celebrated in all sovereignty, dignity and sanctity. It's not merely
one of festivity and gaiety. the observance of Christmas in
Prashanti Nilayam under the divine direction and blessings of our
most Beloved Bhagawan is celebrated with a difference because we
will have all the awareness of the birth of Jesus Christ, His
Mission and Message.
It is in this context we have number of occasions to meet here,
observing Christmas. The Christmas celebrations begin from tomorrow,
December 20th, we have choir, right here in Sai Kulwant Hall in the
Divine Presence of Bhagawan. As usual as you know we have devotees,
representatives all over the world participating in the choir. we
have the participants from Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Montenegro and
Slovenia tomorrow at 5 o clock in Sai Kulwant hall. around 200
devotees will b participating in the choir. "
May Bhagawan Bless all of us, Happy Christmas! Sai Ram!
In this photo you see two persons flanking
Bhagavan Baba, on either side. On Bhagavans right side, yours
faithfully is seen, and on Swamis left side is Sri. P. Srinivasa
Raghavan. I am dedicating this article to this friend of mine. It is
very interesting to know that these two Sai sevaks are having the
names of Srinivasan, and Srinivasa Raghavan. Thanks to the kind
gesture of Sri Sai Padhuga Trust, and its President, (another
Srinivasan, here, Sri. Srinivasan Chettiar), we two could work as
twins on various assignments, especially in the Gold foil fixing
works in Sai Kulwant Hall.
Sri Srinivasa Raghavans family are dedicated
devotees of Bhagavan Baba from the early years. His sahadharmini,
Mrs. Kausalya Rani was one of the few chosen devotees to lead
Bhajans during Nagar sankeeratan, in Prashanthi Nilayam.
Smt.KausalyaRanis Mother Smt.Kamala Rajagopalan, .affectionately
called by Bhagawan as Suprabhatham Kamalamma, was an old time
devotee, from the days of Swamis youthful days. She was chosen by
Bhagavan Baba, to do various meritorious Sevas, incuding rendering
Suprabhadam daily inside Prashanthi Mandir, till a few years ago.
Bhagawan Sri Sathys Sai Baba had specially blessed Smt. Kausalya
Rani to attend the Summer Courses. Prompted by Divine Will, she
started writing a Book, Guide to Indian Culture & Spirituality.
The book contains valuable Treasures of Indian Culture and
Spirituality which she learnt from Bhagawans lectures in Summer
Later, she went to invite Bhagawan to the Grahapravesam of their
newly built house at Madras. To her utter surprise & delight,
Bhagawan Baba, told her, What you are writing now is very good ,
and will be very useful for Balavikas, Samithis and School & college
students and even for elder Sadhakas .PRINT THE BOOK AND BRING IT
By Divine Grace she battled alone and brought the printed book
titled, Guide to Indian Culture & Spirituality within 2 weeks
time. When she arrived with the books at Prasanthi Nilayam, it was
one day before the 50th Birth Day of Swami. She could not even
approach Him and literally cried as to what to do, standing 30 Feet
away in the pathway from Poornachandra Auditorium to Prasanthi
Mandir. In that crowd, Bhagawan spotted her and asked devotees to
give way for her, and graciously took one copy of the Book from her
with a big smile.. Half-an-hour later, Bhagawan specially sent the
great Scholar, Sri.Kasturi to her and to tell her that Bhagawan was
all praise about the Book and wanted him to personally convey His
happiness. Can there be any greater happiness than this? And what
greater proof one can quote for Bhagawans Omnipresence!
By Divine Grace, this Book Guide to Indian Culture & Spirituality
in English got translated in a few Foreign Languages also and
serving the Divine Cause from 1974 till this date as one of the
She has also wrote another book, Daily Prayers to Bhagawan. It
contained all the Slokas of Prayers on Bhagawan Baba. with meaning
in Tamil. Later the book with Eenglish meanings was also published.
The Book with English meaning with a C.D, is a very popular in the
Trust Publication of Bhagawan.
In one of my earlier postings, I had given a photographs of a
Padhuga Peetam, in Ananda Nilyam, Madurai. This padhuga peetam,
carved out of granite stone, originated with a firm resolve of
Kausalya Rani, wife of Sri. Srinivasa Raghavan. After obtaining the
personal sanction of Sri. Srinivasan Chettiar, the devotee couple
took lot of efforts to get the Padhuga Peetam sculpted within just 5
days, and transport it to Ananda Nilayam, in Madurai in time before
Bhagavans arrival there.
This Padhuga Peetam was shown to Bhagavan. In spite of some
inconvenience, Bhagavan Baba suddenly climbed up and stood on this
Peetam. Swami insisted that a photo be taken. Since there was no
photographer was available, a photographer from a media took the
Later on, Swami told Sri Srinivasan Chettiar,
After long years, during the next generations, if you say Sai Baba
had stood on this Peetam, nobody may believe your words. Hence I
insisted to take the photo. Display this photo in the Mandir.
Yes, you can see the original photo in Sri Sathya Sai Ananda Nilayam,
Sri. Srinivasn Chettiar had given a photograph of this Padhuga
Peetam on which Bhagawan Baba was standing to Srinivasa Raghavan.
Later during the gold fixing days, Sri Raghavan showed this
photograph to Bhagavan Baba, during darshan rounds in Parthi. I was
also sitting beside him. Immediately, Swamis Divine Hands caressed
the photo 3 times and blessed the Photo and both of us.
Mrs. & Mr. Sriinivasa Raghavan feel very humble, whenever they
recall the great opportunities Bhagavan had given them to do seva,
either in Ananda Nilyam or Prashanthi Nilyam. These sevas are like
the sevas rendered by the squirrel, and caressed by Lord Rama during
Lord Sri Ramas advent. I felt very happy to have teamed up with
him, in some important sevas.
Ever in Sai seva
New idol of Sri Sathya Sai Baba Installed in Sai Prem,
Vashi, Navi Mumbai
Sai Ram. Today, the 14th December 2011, was an
auspicious day for sai devotees. The new Moorthy (Idol) of Bhagavan
Sri Sathya Sai Baba was installed amidst chanting of vedic Mantras,
in the altar of Sai Prem mandir, in Vashi, New Mumbai. Our Bhishma
Pithamahan, Sri. Indulal Shah and Mrs. Saralaben graced the occasion
in spite of their advanced age. Sri. Ramesh Sawant, State President
of Maharashtra and Goa, and almost all Trust members, including Sri
Nimish Pandya were present with their families.
At the appropriate auspicious moment, the
curtains of the altar were pushed away, and we could see the glimpse
of the altar. Soon, the colorful clothes covering sacred Idols were
also removed to give a magnificent darshan of both Sai Babas; one
from Shirdi, and another from Puttaparthi.
Tears of joy and devotion were visible on all sai
devotees gathered in huge numbers to witness this holy event.
My thoughts went back to the day when the
curtains were put to cover the veranda in Sai Kulwant Hall, and
Divine Body was taken inside. When the curtains were pulled back
after some time, Sai was nowhere to be seen. Crying and sobbing
devotees could not come to terms for many days. Today, when the
curtains were pulled back in Sai Prem Mandir, everybody could see of
our Lord sitting majestically on a throne, smiling and blessing
Apparently, what we seemed to have lost in
Prashanthi Nilyam, we got back in Sai Prem in Vashi!!!
I congratulate the scores of volunteers and
office bearers from Navi Mumbai who had made, excellent
arrangements. A record crowd of devotees were in attendance in the
vast prayer hall of Sai Prem. Devotees were eagerly waiting for the
advent of Prem Sai, but in Sai Prem, our Loving Sathya Sai had taken
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As many of you may have heard, by Swamis grace His idol will be
installed at Sai Prem Mandir, Navi Mumbai on December 14th 2011.
Please take part in the ceremony on Dec 12th, 13th & 14th
Sai Prem was inaugurated by Bhagawan Himself in 1995. Though many of
the devotees do feel his Omnipresence, to make Sai Prem a
Teerthashketra, we all need to get together and energise the mandir
so that the vibrations have far reaching effects that will help
generations ahead. To achieve this it is suggested to have few hours
prayers everyday for 108 days apart from the normal bhajans held at
The regular bhajans at Sai Prem are from 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm except
on Thurdays & Sundays. On these two days (Thurdays & Sundays) the
bhajans are held from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Hence it is suggested that
over and above the existing bhajans, Ashtotara shatanamavali, Sai
Gayatri chanting, veda chanting and bhajans should be held by
various samithis / districts from all over Maharashtra & Goa for 108
days, which ends on Sri Rama Navmi, April 1st 2012.
Groups coming from outside Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, and Thane can come
in the mornings if that is convenient. Time slots and number of
hours can be decided by the group that wishes to come and pray at
Sai Prem Mandir.
Whichever group decides to and perform should inform in advance to
Shri R.C. Menon (firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com,
09833388530) and / or Shri. R.M. Rao (firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com,
Please spread this message to all samithis in your district. Let us
all get together and make these 108 days very special. Ending with
prayers to Bhagawan to give us the strength and energy to pray more
With respectful regards & Sairam,
Your's in Sai service,
Ramesh D. Sawant
The Story of Tulasi Leaves
In every home of a Hindu community, you can
always find in the portico or backyard, a small Tulsi plant. In
modern days, when people are living apartments, they still find a
small place in the corner of the balcony, to keep the Tulsi plant.
Every day morning the ladies will be offering kumkum and after
watering this holy plant. Why? what is all this about? And what is
the spiritual significance for this ritual?
One day, while speaking to the group of students, in Thrayee
sessions, Bhagavan Baba touched upon this subject. He narrated a
Tulasi was a chaste woman, a Pathivratha. The Pathivratha women,
worship their husbands much more than the God. The extreme love and
devotion towards their Pathi (Husband), make them spiritually very
strong, and even the Gods recognizes this special spiritual powers,
of such chaste dynamic women. There are several such notable
Pathivratha siromanies in our Hindu Mythology.
Tulasi Matha was a devoted wife of the Demonic King (Asura),
called Jalandhar. In some stories, the name is given as Shanka
chuda. The demonic king, derived immense strength from the
Pathivratha Dharmam of his wife, Tulasi, and the Celestial Devas
could not win him or kill him. The Pathivratha Dharma of his wife
was shielding him.
Left with no other way to conquer him, The Devas as usual approached
Lord Vishnu, the Protector. And Lord Vishnu always finds some unique
way to overcome the Demonic kings (Asuras). There are several
mythological stories to prove this. Lord Vishnu had to device some
new method to conquer King Jalandhar. With no other way left, Lord
Vishnu decides to break the pathivratha Dharma of Tulasi. While
Jalandhar was engaged in a war with Devas, Lord Vishnu assumes the
form of Jalandhar, and spends times with Tulasi Devi. This dubious
relationship breaks the Pathivratha Dharma of Tulsi, and this great
shield of protection was denied to King Jalandar. Instantly, He was
killed by Devas. The severed head of Jalandar falls in front of
Tulasi. She was frightened, but nevertheless she had lost her pathi,
the husband. She now realizes the trick played by Lord Vishnu, and
she cursed him to become a stone, (a saligrama).
The devas were alarmed at the turn of events and prayed to Tulasi,
for forgiveness. Left with no other way, she decides to give her own
life to Lord Vishnu. Carrying the severed head of her husband she
enters the funeral pyre, and gives up her life.
Lord Vishnu, regains life. The Lord recognizes the extreme devotion
of Tulasi, and gives her the status of one of His own consort. After
the fire in the pyre died down, from the ashes, a small plant grows
up. And this plant is called Tulasi.
Lord Vishnu exclaims the advent of this Holy plant and wished that
He be always, adorned by garlands made from this Tulasi leaves.
Tulasi leaves become a part and parcel of worship in all Vaishnavite
With Love & Regards,
Bhagawan's samadhi features in Time Magazine
The death of Sathya Sai Baba has been named as
one of the top ten religion stories by Time magazine.
The death of the spiritual guru saw the entire nation in grief,
including famous celebrities like Sachin Tendulkar in tears.
The magazine says, Sathya Sai Baba was the most famous guru in
India, the most prominent of what are called "godmen," with millions
of devotees, many prominent and prosperous, throughout the country
and the rest of the world.
It also says And after his death, devotees flocked to his coffin
and tomb to pay their respects and obeisance, believing he was still
able to bless them from the great beyond.
Preetham Sai - Posted on FB - 09.12.2011
Bhajans by Erady Brothers
The Erady Brothers who are privileged to lead bhajans in divine
presence of Bhagwan Shri Sathya Sai Baba are coming to Mumbai and
one of their programme shall be held on 23.12.2011 at Seminar Hall,
1st Floor, Thakur Collage of Science and Commerce near HDFC Bank and
Siddhivinayak mandir Thakur Village, Kandivali (EAst). The details
of the programme are as follows:
Lamp lighting - 10 AM
Introduction and Veda Chanting - 10 minutes
Presentation by Doctor N Haridas regarding importance of Bhajans -
Bhajans - 90 Minutes
Mangal Aarti - 12 Noon.
It is requested that the same may kindly be widely circulated.
Respectful Warm Regards
Invitation for Installation of Bhagawans idols at Sai Prem,
The grace of the Lord continues to shower in various forms and
events. With HIS grace & love we are happy to inform that Bhagwan's
Idol will be installed at at Navi Mumbai at a grand ceremony in the
It is our pleasure to invite you and your family for a 3 days
programme of pujas/ havan, at Sai Prem (our Navi Mumbai centre) for
the re- installation of the idol of Bhagawan Sri Shiridi Sai Baba
and the installation of the idol of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, on
12th, 13th and 14th December 2011 (Monday to Wednesday). The main
installation programme is on 14th December (Wednesday) morning.
Please find the detailed programme attached in this mail
We will be happy to see you and your family & friends during this 3
day festival. Please spread this message and the attached card to
everyone in your circle and encourage everyone to come and partake
With respectful regards & Sairam,
Your's in Sai service,
Ramesh D. Sawant
Om Sri Sai Ram
An email from Ganesh L:
With blessings of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, divine form of Swami
will be installed at Sai Prem, the program is from 12th to 14th
ALL ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM AND RECEIVE
THE BLESSINGS OF OUR BELOVED SWAMI
Bhagawan inaugurated the Sri Sathya Sai
Sevakshetra called "Sai Prem" on 13th May 1995. Please find attach
the divine discourse given by Swami during the inauguration of the
GIFT OF GRACE TO NAVI MUMBAI:
SEE GOOD, HEAR GOOD, SPEAK GOOD
13TH MAY, 1995
" Sarva Roopa Dharam Shantham
Sarva Naama Dharma Shivam
Sachidaananda Roopam Advaitam
Satyam Shivam Sundaram"
The lord who is all truth, auspiciousness and beauty and one without
a second, the abode of all peace: all the forms are His, all the
names are His. He is the very ocean of being, Awareness and bliss.
Embodiments of Love: Man has today achieved immense progress in the
material and scientific ways. But religiously, spiritually and
morally we find decline of human values. Whatever work man
undertakes, whatever effort he puts in, the only motive is
selfishness. If at all man loves another man, it is not for the sake
of that man, but out of his selfishness. Man is living like a puppet
in the hands of selfishness. There will be peace in the world only
if man sacrifices this selfishness and dwells in spirituality.
Many types of problems are emerging in the world today. More
physical problems arise now-a-days when you try to solve one
problem. What is the reason ? Man is developing a very narrow
mindedness. One should have a broad minded feeling. The spirit of
thinking with discrimination should be developed. The equal
mindedness that all are children of God should be cultivated. We
should firmly believe that every man is the son of God.
Every Indian knows the sacred story of Ramayana very well. In every
human endeavor we find selfishness, ego, pomp, jealousy and
exhibitionism coming to the fore. Man is not ready to hear good
things in life. He is ready to hear only wicked things and about
wicked thoughts. Man has polluted his power of speech and is
criticising others. Man's thoughts are also becoming wicked. You
know that when Dasaratha was making preparations for the coronation
of Sri Ramachandra, jealous Manthara went to Kaikeyi and told her
many things which were contrary to the truth. Kaikeyi was a great
queen and was also very intelligent but the wicked teachings entered
her mind easily. Kaikeyi fell into the wicked path instead of
correcting Manthara. Manthara who told Kaikeyi wicked things and
Kaikeyi who listened and fell into the wicked path earned a bad
There was Keechaka. He was a man of character but his vision was
bad. Many people have suffered because of their bad looks. Does
anybody have the name of Keechaka today ? Any person with bad
talking, bad listening, bad vision and bad thinking will never have
peace and happiness.
The life which is given to us should be used in a sacred way. Talk
no evil, talk what is good. Talk only that which is good. Don't talk
about wrong things. See no evil, see what is good. The eyes are
given to see sacred and beautiful forms of God. Nature is full of
beauty. Nature is the very embodiment of God. Viswam Vishnu
Swaroopam. We have to develop this type of good looks. Hear no evil,
hear what is good. The heart is the temple of God. "Hrut yat
Hridayam". Hear is that which has compassion.
The essence of the eighteen Puranas summarised in two sentences is
Help Ever, Hurt Never
What we have to do nowadays is not poojas and bhajans but transform
our hearts. Man does not have enough time for his daily activities.
Therefore, speak good, listen to good things, have good thoughts, do
good actions. This is the goal of mankind. But being born as a human
being, man is troubling others as he is full of jealousy and egoism.
A person who troubles others cannot be happy.
Therefore, you should develop devotion to God. Our material,
physical and spiritual prowess has no value if we are devoid of
devotion to God. There is no difference of caste, creed and religion
in the matters of the divine. Christians, Muslims, Persians, Hindus
all should have a sense of unity. Hatred is the greatest enemy of
man. It is for this reason that Jesus said "All are one, my dear
son. Be alike to every one". Even in Indian culture it is proclaimed
'Isa Vaasyam Idam Sarvam'. Names and forms are different but God is
one. You all know that we make sweets at home like Gulab Jamun,
Barfi, etc. The names and forms of sweets are many but sugar is one.
Names and forms of God are different but divinity is one. There is
cure for every disease but not for jealousy and hatred. These
diseases of hatred and jealousy are developing in the world today.
How to cure this? By Naama Smarana chanting the nameof God, faith in
God and believing in the unity of all beings.
Uthishtatha, Jagratha, Praptatha. Wake up from this darkness of
ignorance. Narrow mindedness is ignorance. Develop expansion of
love, not contraction of love. We have narrow minded love today.
Such a broad principle is on the decline today. Embodiments of Love:
Body is like a water bubble. Mind is like a mad monkey. Do not
follow the mind. Do not follow the body. Follow the Atmic principle.
That is Follow the heart, face the devil, fight to the end and
finish the game. Follow the heart, follow the conscience. Conscience
will not change. You set high ideals for humanity in every matter.
Today's youth argue against true values and put forth many wrong
arguments in matter relating to God. They do not recognise the truth
considering such wrong arguments as modern fashion. That is not
Many say that humanism lies in Sathya, Dharma, Shanthi and Prema.
But all these values are not different but one. The current of
Sathya flowing through the wire Dharma enters the bulb of Shanthi
and gives the light of Prema. Therefore, to receive the light of
Prema, the bulb of Shanthi should be kept in good condition. There
should be the wire of Dharma. Dharma should be unshakable. Only
through these, current of Sathya will flow. Truth is our breath.
Righteousness is our life force. That is why Indian culture
proclaims Sathyam Vada, Dharmam Chara. No religion teaches that you
should reject truth and righteousness. Religions may be many but
truth and righteousness are one and the same. The religion which
does not teach truth and righteousness is no religion at all. What
is religion? Religion has to be useful to everybody and should give
peace and happiness. There should be no differences among religions.
Differences in religions arise because of narrow minded feelings. We
should not hate any religion. We should not criticise any religion.
Love everybody. Everyone should develop this religion of love."
Swami concluded the divine discourse with the Bhajan "Prema Mudhita......"
MOVIES ON THE LIFE & TEACHINGS OF SHRI SATHYA SAI BABA
Regarding, Shri.Manoj Kumars movie Shirdi Ke
Sai Baba, not many know that the movie was made because it was
Shri.Sathya Sai Babas desire for a movie to be made on the Life &
Teachings of Shirdi Sai Baba.
And it was Sathya Sai Baba who had sent
Shri.Chandulal Shah to meet Shri.Manoj Kumar in this connection.Thus,
the movie was made in just 2 months time flat and for which none of
the actors took any money for acting in it, while all the revenue
from it was donated for various charitable organizations. Speaking
at Shirdi at the occasion of Ramnavami,
Shri.Manoj Kumar recently had expressed his
desire to make a movie on the Life & Teachings of Sathya Sai Baba.
Now, the veteran filmmaker and former MP, Shri.Harirama Jogayya has
announced the production of a Telugu devotional film titled Sri
Sathya Saibaba Mahimalu that will showcase the Life of the
spiritual guru from Puttaparthi.
This Telugu film will depict the transformation
of the young boy into an enlightened soul and how the spiritual guru
attracted crores of devotees with simple but profound philosophy.The
film will be factual and will showcase Babas life from the
beginning to the end.
Another film on the Life of Sathya Sai Baba is also being planned in
a big way by Anita Bajaj and A.K.Sidhu. This Film will be a
periodical film and will cover all the major milestone of Babas
life. With an international cast this movie will be a multi-lingual
film made in English, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil & Kannadaand will be
Wonderful Idol of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai
Baba to be installed in "SAI PREM" Mandir, Vashi, Navi Mumbai
IDOL OF BHAGAVAN SATHYA SAI BABA ARRIVES IN
SAI PREM, NAVI MUMBAI.
Sai Prem is a Mandir dedicated to Bhagavan Sri
Sathya Sai Baba. This is situated in the new city VASHI, in Navi
Mumbai. It is worth reporting that Bhagavan had blessed this mandir,
by His personal visit, thus sanctifying the Mandir.
Apart from regular Bhajans, this Mandir is a
nucleolus for various service activities, such as Medical aids etc.
After Bhagavans Samadhi, the Organization wished to install an idol
of Bhagavan Baba. Soon a design of the idol was selected and orders
were placed with one of the best Idol makers in Mumbai.
It is a good news that the Idol is now ready, and
had been taken delivery by the Sai Devotees from Vashi. The heavy
Idol had been transported to Sai Prem Mandir. Soon there will be
installation ceremony with all vedic rituals and other formalities.
I take pleasure to furnish some snapshots of the
beautiful Sai idol. More and more Sai centers across the country are
likely to follow suit in installation of Swamis Idols.
I am living in Mumbai, and if any help is needed in procuring the
Idols, I shall very happy in negotiating with the idol makers, on
your behalf and also in other follow up matters including the
progress of Idol making.